In Modern Warfare 2, the M16 is an assault rifle.
The Modern Warfare 2 M16, which is similar to that of previous entries, has a three-round burst that results in a high Time to Kill (TTK), especially when shooting for the chest and above.
With its efficiency at a moderate range, it is a versatile weapon for several modes.
Despite a brief delay between each burst, precision is a must for precision and close-quarters engagements more or less off the table.
This page explains how to unlock the M16 in the Modern Warfare 2 beta, as well as our recommendations for the finest M16 loadout.
On this page, please see the following sections.
- How to unlock the M16 in the Modern Warfare 2 beta
- M16 best loadout and attachments
- M16 best class setup, perks, and equipment
In the Modern Warfare 2 beta, how can you unlock the M16?
Modern Warfare 2''s unlocking weapons - and by extension its beta - are different from previous versions.
Various weapons, including the M16, are now unlocked by using and levelling weapons within ''Platforms'' families.
In the modern Warfare 2 beta of the M16, you must use the 556 Icarus to reach level 12. To unlock the Icarus to complete this, you must level the M4 to level 15. This is a difficult task!
Once completely unlocked, you''ll have the opportunity to level the M16 in order to expand its customization options, so it''s best to use the M16 for a few matches to level it up and unlock its attachment slots.
It''s worth noting that many attachments are eliminated by removing other weapons, both inside and outside of the M4 Platform.
Best loadout and attachments for Modern Warfare 2 M16
The M16 version of Modern Warfare is the best loadout and attachments.
The M16 is a mid-long range weapon, so the goal of the recommended M16 will be to increase its sightline-dominant abilities.
For Modern Warfare 2''s beta, here''s how to use our M16 build:
- Optic: SZ Reflex / Cronen Mini Red Dot / Hybrid Firepoint
- Stock: Corio Precio Factory
- Rear Grip: XTEN Grip
- Underbarrel: VX Pineapple Vert Grip
- Ammunition: 5.56 Armor Piercing / Magazine: 45-Round Mag
We''re pointing you toward a number of options for long-range engagements, particularly if there''s cover and corners to mount for extra stability, whereas the Cronen Mini Red Dot is tailored to mid-range encounters, especially if you''re on the move a lot, and is a good choice for achieving objective levels such as Domination.
There''s also the Hybrid Firepoint, a scope that can be used between a 4x zoom scope and a holo sight. It''ll allow the user to choose the scope on-demand, so it''s one thing to keep an eye on.
There are a couple of options when it comes to the stock: The Corio Precio Factory is a great hit when it comes to longer sightlines, thanks to its aim stability and recoil control bonuses. However, it does affect mobility, but that''s where our alternative comes in.
The Ordnance Ravage-8 is a great choice for mobile playstyles, savoring some weapons for several buffs to aim, sprint, crouch movement, and low sight (ADS) speed.
For rear grip, the XTEN Grip is particularly useful thanks to its ADS and sprint-to-fire speed advantages. If paired with the aforementioned Corio Precio Factory stock, you''ll be able to reduce recoil control or double up on mobility if paired with the Ordnance Ravage-8.
Being able to mount a wall for an attack isn''t always an option, but with the underbarrel VX Pineapple Vert Grip, you''ll have greater control over the M16''s recoil. This is especially useful when combined with longer range scopes, where the kick is even greater.
Although ammunition isn''t much choice, the M16 will be able to select 5.56 Armor Piercing rounds for increased bullet penetration.
The 45-Round Mag for the Magazine slot might be a viable alternative to the final attachment. While limiting movement and overall handling speed, having extended reserves with 15 rounds extra per mag is not only beneficial to larger game modes, but also for passive play.
Best class setup, upgrades, and equipment for Modern Warfare 2 M16
In Modern Warfare 2''s beta, here are the best M16 class setups:
- Base Perk 1: Overkill
- Base Perk 2: Battle Hardened / Scavenger
- Bonus Perk: Fast Hands / Quick Fix
- Ultimate Perk: High Alert / Hardline
- Secondary: FSS Hurricane / Expedite 12
- Lethal: Semtex
- Tactical: Shock Stick
- Field Upgrade: Portable Radar
MW2, the fundamentals of equipping them remain the same as in previous titles.
Overkill and Battle Hardened are excellent base rewards, while the second reduces the effect of enemy tactical grenades.
When you run-and-gunning or holding down sightlines, you''ll be less affected by sudden ambushes and have a backup weapon, particularly if your load is removed.
Paired with bonus perk Fast Hands, responding with a secondary weapon is even more effective.
There are a couple of options for the ''Ultimate Perk,'' which means High Alert will keep you informed when enemies spot you, but Hardline''s reduced killstreak requirement is beneficial, especially if you are racking up a lot of kills.
Scavenger, which replaces Battle Hardened, is ideal for aggressive playstyles, allowing you to recover ammo from dead foes.
Quick Fix''s health regeneration on kill is a good strategy to keep you afloat.
Overkill allows you to carry a second primary weapon. We recommend a close range option, namely the FSS Hurricane submachine gun (SMG) or Expedite 12 shotgun. Both are fantastic, assuming that the M16 is less effective.
Semtex is the one that we found that matches well with the M16, so sticking enemies with grenades is not only satisfying, but also allows for greater intentionality than a typical Frag Grenade, which often rolls or bounces away etc. resulting in a missed killing.
The Shock Stick, which sticks to surfaces, electrocutes enemies, and destroys equipment, is a great pairing for Semtex in the Tactical slot.
They''re good for getting oncoming enemies off guard for a quick ambush, or for preparing them for a sweet, sticky Semtex kill.
If the Frag and Flash or Stun Grenades don''t match your playstyle, you may always choose them in their own way.
Field Upgrades are fundamentally down to what you want during matches, more than lethal and tacticals.
The Portable Radar, a quick-recharging equipment that will ping a small area for enemy signatures, marking them on your radar, is going to be a popular choice.
This will keep you alert to oncoming enemies as long as they don''t have the Ghost perk, claiming them from the UAV and Portable Radar sweeps.
Choose based on your playstyle and preference as with all equipment, such as killstreak selection.
Since this loadout was to be flexible at all levels, there''s more freedom with how you improve the loadout, so don''t hesitate to mix and match with the many options available.
Enjoy the Beta of Modern Warfare 2!